Gently, from an orthodox medical perspective these are not adequate reasons for repeated miscarriages. If you had "burnt out adrenals" you would be very, very sick (like, in the ICU) as you would not be able to maintain an adequate blood pressure, salf-water balance, or release enough sugar energy to feed your body's cells. Having an underactive thyroid can definitely make you sub-fertile, but since you've conceived 7 times that's unlikely to be a problem. Having an overactive thyroid can definitely cause pregnancy loss-- have you been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism? [Some of the symptoms are high blood pressure, weight loss, feeling jittery, irritability, etc]. And 'stress' is a rather catch-all, unsatisfactory explanation. Anything can be swept under the rug by 'stress.'
Originally Posted by casilayne
I am curious what you mean about your uterus being 'stuck'? It's retroflexed, or has some anatomic abnormality? How were you diagnosed with that?
Anyway, I would encourage you to broaden the specialists you have on board. There is nothing wrong with reflexology and homeopathy but adding a regular doctor to the mix might provide more satisfactory answers.
Most likely-- it's May 30, so 29 days after your last one. Without the progesterone pills your uterine lining would not build up to be very thick so you should expect a very minimal period.
Originally Posted by whitegold
Makes sense Blade, @whitegold, Yea I didn't know you literally just got of the pill, my body did the exact same thing when I went off mine, it stabilized very quickly though =) so soon you should be back to normal! I guess just enjoy the lighter period for the moment hehe. (Even though I'm sure your eager to get pregnant!) Keep trying for the rest of the month you may just get lucky!
Shout-out to Mrs H...? Weren't you in the two-week wait? How are you faring? Come in, come in, Mrs H...do you copy...over and out...roger and all that....
Ooh, just had a big chat with my husband last night and we're bringing forward our TTC to next month. So excited!!! Now we just need to figure out the ridiculous logistics of trying to have a baby in our location. Basically: we are living on a resort island in the Maldives. We are fairly close to the capital island, Male', but I don't want to give birth there (hospital has a C-section rate of 45% o.0). I'd quite like to go back to New Zealand and have a home-birth, but I'm not sure if I can find a NZ midwife if I'm overseas, and I'd also have to plan on coming back to NZ during my pregnancy... not sure what my DH would do. Anyway, that is all in the future as we haven't conceived yet, but I'm starting to try and get my head around it!
I had my talk about options appt today. I got all my labs back and hubby's too. I am a fertile myrtle just like the rest of my family ... except for those stupid tubes. The dr said my hubby had half a billion sperm in his specimen, all swimming and doing their spermy thing. It's looking like 90% IVF for us. There is a super slim chance they could repair my tubes since they are so dialated. I have a follow up why gyn or gyn/onc to see about surgery which I will most definitely be having. They'll go in and either remove or repair one or both tubes based on how they look and the amt of scar tissue in there. Then IVF time (unless they can make me a working tube). The fluid in the hydrosalpinx is toxic to embryos so they have to do something to them. Not sure what righ now. I also am going to meet with a geneticist about testing the blastocytes for at least SOME autoimmune marker. I'm still not sure if that part is possible, but I might as well make an appt.
We're moving up the timeline to this January! I could maybe have that baby before I'm 30 after all. The clinic where I go actually has pretty good prices. They do ICIS on all patients as part of their fixed price (so 9500), and since they are a govt institution, they get good med prices too (about 1000, compared to other places at 3-4k). Another 600 for a practice run which you have to do for more uterus mapping or something. So maybe 11000 all in all (not including genetics or freezing at this pt). In January we could file our taxes early and get a big chunk back. We both have birthdays coming up, and I know what we're requesting - CASH. And for Chanukah ... more CASH. My hubby told me MIL would pitch in a little. Since my own mom hates to be outdone by anyone EVER, she'll probably pitch in a lil too.
We're doing all our home reno' right now too so it's not looming on us when we do the IVF (a scaled back version though). I have so much to think about I really can't fall asleep like I should be right now. Sigh.
Very exciting, poppy! Glad everything else is working like clockwork.
We irrigate the sh*! out of most structures in the abdomen and pelvis all the time. Can the gynos not simply flush the tubes, once they create a neostoma at the end?
Re: PIGD: single-cell PCR is VERY hard, technically speaking [due to a phenomenon called allele dropout] and there are only three laboratories in the country which do it (all the PIGD for the whole US). It is also horrendously expensive. Besides the HLA B27 do you know of any markers for pan-inflammatory, autoimmune conditions?
Blade, the problem with the tubes, as i have been told, is even if they can pop them open, the cilia are so damaged and the walls so weak from being very dilated that the fertilized egg might not be able to make it all the way down the tube, and there is a very high risk of ectopic pg. The prognosis of hydrosalpinx repair with a diameter greater than 3 cm is very poor (I think I fall in that category). Then there's the risk of more scaring, more adhesions, and the giant risk of ectopic pg and its potential to rupture and then damage the poor tube even more. I feel kind of meh about it all. Part of me just wants to stop wasting time and get pg already! I want that baby before 30 and part of me is just like okay whatever, pregnant now please. It would SUCK to get the repair, then TTC for another yr (and fail), then have ANOTHER surgery to plug it up, and then get IVF. Since I have to have surgery, if one tube looks good and i mean d@mn good, then I'll let them fix it. But only if I have some rock star tube that just needs a little help. I'm hoping to have this surgery in the fall.
I think HLA-B27 is the only one that I know of and the only one listed on this exciting list that seems pertinent to autoimmune PGD (an exciting little article for anyone else that is interested/curious). I THINK I've been tested for this, and if I'm correct then I have the gene (not shocking). Bleh I just looked up the cost of testing (2500-7500), and I'm not sure it's worth it for a non-lethal disease (and therapy is SO much better now than when I got diagnosed in the mid-eighties when they had no biologics - now some are approved for kids as young as two!). I think it's still worth looking into, maybe there's a research study I can get hooked up with or something.
I'm actually REALLY excited about pregnancy for the first time in a long while. My husband's gametes have never even met my gametes before! I feel giddy like a first date (; I'm excited about future little poppyseed even if it means big bucks.
@poppy528 it is nice that you're excited again. Made me smile with your comment about the gametes :D
@Blade, I understand. That's why I'm going beyond my homeopath. She is wonderful. BUT this is something beyond her expertise. My OB was my primary for the first 4 years in this "journey", but she never really....did anything. I mean. She checked my thyroid a ga-ba-zillion times. She said Clomid and meds of that nature aren't what I need (obviously because of the multiple miscarriages). But she didn't have a definite answer. So, I started pursuing alternative medicinal approaches.
The way I feel and how I function day-to-day has been like night and day. I feel better than I have in years! And while I haven't been pregnant in the last 7-8 months, I also haven't lost. So, that's big with me. In the last 4-5 years, I would conceive, carry for 5-10 weeks (mostly 6 weeks) and then miscarry. Around 3 months later, I would repeat the cycle.
There is a fertility specialist that is around 2 1/2 hours from us (We don't have one locally) that I am looking into. I'm checking references etc. He practices at an office fairly close to us (an hour away) once a month.